Yella Reviews

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Chris Darke
Film Comment Magazine
November 14, 2013
Petzold, a leading light of the current generation of young German filmmakers, succeeds in making the modern world strange again.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 24, 2012
An edgy, intellectual and enigmatic dream-like metaphysical thriller about living in post-reunification contemporary German as a venture capitalist.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 28, 2009
Yella is a strange beast: a twisty, slightly surreal mystery wrapped around the tedious art of the business deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 1, 2008
A strange blend of corporate thriller and supernatural mystery.
Stan Hall
Oregonian
September 19, 2008
While too lean and unassuming to provide real chills, Yella is a cool, disorienting trip, a meditation on death and the complexity of the human brain.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
This unusual film has all the appearance of simply being a well-done drama, but there is considerably more on writer-director Christian Petzold's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2008
[A] tightly controlled metaphysical horror movie.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 18, 2008
Yella clamps down on the viewer with a psychological hold that doesn't immediately reveal itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 5, 2008
This crisply made thriller begins as a harrowing tale of a young German woman stalked by her deranged ex-husband, but quickly turns into an investigation of the murkier depths of capitalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 1, 2008
Strikes a perfect balance between corporate intrigue and metaphysical mystery; his 2007 drama is filled with suspense but ends in delicious ambiguity.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2008
Yella is a reserved young woman with unrevealed depths of intelligence, larceny and passion. Their gradual revelation makes this more than an ordinary thriller, in great part because of the performance of Nina Hoss in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2008
The German offering Yella begins with an utterly gripping first 15 minutes, follows with a passable drama and ends with a big disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 16, 2008
Filmmaker Christian Petzold meets his goal of providing an alienating portrait of the business world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 16, 2008
Makes for interesting viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 16, 2008
Christian Petzold's disquieting German thriller feels modest while you're watching it, but makes a stronger-than-expected impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 16, 2008
German writer-director Christian Petzold transforms the classic American cult movie Carnival of Souls into a bleak drama about soul-sucking alienation in the reunited Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
May 16, 2008
Its scenes involving the perilous business negotiations offer more genuine intellectual excitement than any CGI-stuffed chase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 16, 2008
Yella is the kind of movie that tantalizes the mind with possibilities without solving the puzzle.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Peikert
New York Press
May 14, 2008
Somehow, this tightrope walk between the supernatural and underhanded business deals (call it Carnival of Michael Clayton) manages the neat trick of keeping its balance.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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